This weekend Southern California warmed up to 80 degrees. It felt very springy and with a big bowl of lemons sitting on my counter I went in search of a “light” lemony (is that a word?) dessert. I found a Meyer Lemon Budino on Epicurious.com.
Budino is the Italian word for pudding. I had never heard of a lemon budino but it looked good. The budino’s I have had are more pudding like where this is more like a pudding cake. It is a light and airy dessert bursting with the flavor of Meyer Lemons. It is good both cold and warm out of the oven.
This came to gather very quickly. If you don’t use Meyer Lemons you might want to add a a bit more sugar. Also watch the oven, mine cooked quicker than the recipe said and started to brown.
Meyer Lemon Budino
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh regular lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely grated Meyer lemon peel
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
Whipped cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter six 3/4-cup custard cups or ramekins. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, egg yolks, flour, lemon juice, and lemon peel in large bowl; whisk until well blended. Whisk in milk.
Using electric mixer, beat egg whites and salt in medium bowl until frothy. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Fold beaten egg whites into lemon mixture in 2 additions. Divide mixture among prepared custard cups. Place custard cups in roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of custard cups. Bake puddings until tops are golden and spring back when lightly touched, about 30 minutes. Remove cups from water. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream, if desired.